Francis Edward Nickle Jr.
1945 - 2021
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Nickle, Jr.

Francis Edward "Nick" Nickle, Jr.

July 22, 1945

May 21, 2021

Francis Edward "Nick" Nickle, Jr., a 4th generation Colorado Springs native, passed away Friday, May 21, 2021 at 5:30pm in his home.

Francis was born on July 22, 1945 to Francis Edward Nickle, Sr. and Joy Nadine (McClelland) Nickle in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He graduated from Pasadena College in 1968. Later accomplishing his master's degree from Colorado College in 1973, while working as a public high school educator. He retired from Mitchell High School after 33 years. Francis will be remembered by his many friends and family for his jovial personality, generosity, natural storytelling, passion for fatherhood, devoted husband, his relationship with God and his kindhearted wit. He was a very well respected, passionate teacher and was able to intrigue his students with his unique style. He was a lover of philosophy, journalism, history, art, music and poetry. Francis believed we could make the world a better place together. Francis's avid traveling brought back many delightful stories told in a Scottish or Irish brogue and treasures to share with his loved ones. But above all, Francis adored his daughters and family.

He married Leslie Dare Roebuck December 1995 in Green Mountain Falls.

He is survived by two daughters, Kathryn Nickle Dragon and Lili Dare Nickle (Vance Lindsley); a brother, Gary James Nickle; and a sister, Pamela Joy Walton. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and two brothers, Wayne Dean Nickle and Clayton Paul Nickle.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, June 25, 2021 at the Shrine of Remembrance "America the Beautiful" Chapel, 1730 E. Fountain Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80910. Inurnment will be at the Shrine of Remembrance Chapel Mausoleum following the service.

Memorials in Francis's name may be made to Benet Hill Monastery, or Multiple Sclerosis Foundation

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Published in The Gazette from Jun. 9 to Jun. 13, 2021.
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June 13, 2021
He was one of my favorite teachers. He sparked my interest in journalism. I went on to major in mass communications and worked as a newspaper writer and editor for 31 years. I also took his creative writing class. Mitchell class of 1981.
Dorraine (Harris) Earnest
June 11, 2021
Mr. Nickle was my favorite teacher and my home room teacher. 1st day in HS I remember him holding a nickle high in the air so we could find him. I loved his passion and flair. My years at Mitchell were blessed and inspiring by having him as my English, journalism and creative writing instructor.
Gamela Tolbert (Rideout)
June 10, 2021
Francis, aka Nick, was a creative and well-liked teacher. It was a pleasure to have known him as a fellow teacher at Mitchell High.
Suzanne J Kemp
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